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California Tsunami Victims Identified

The U.S. State Department has confirmed that at least 12 Americans were killed by the tsunami that has ravaged southern Asia, but hundreds remain missing. So far, three Californians are known to be among the victims:

-Kristi Anderson, 42, of San Ramon, a suburb east of San Francisco. Anderson was killed when waves swept over her beachside lodge in Sri Lanka. After completing a 10-month work assignment in India, she decided to take a vacation in Yala National Park, a wildlife preserve on the island´s southern coast. After the trip, she had planned to start a new job in Las Vegas, where she had recently bought a house next door to her brother.

-Orlantha and Beulah Ambrose, a mother and daughter from the Los Angeles neighborhood of Encino, were also vacationing in Yala National Park when they were killed. Orlantha Ambrose, a native Sri Lankan, managed the office of her husband, an obstetrician and gynecologist. Beulah Ambrose had taken a two-year leave from her teaching job in Los Angeles to teach music to underprivileged children in her father´s hometown of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

A Thai prince who grew up in San Diego County was among the thousands of people killed in the devastating tsunami. Poomi Jensen was vacationing at a Thai resort when massive waves swept him out to sea. His body was recovered and flown to Bangkok for a seven-day Buddhist funeral service. He was 21. Jensen was the grandson of the king of Thailand. He grew up in Del Mar with his American father, his Thai princess mother and two sisters. When his parents divorced in 1998, Jensen split time between his parents´ homes. He graduated from Torrey Pines High School in 2001 and was attending school in Thailand at the time of his death.

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